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Posts published by “Fred Gardner”

QAnon at the Border

The photo was inked so dark in the print edition it was easy to miss the slogan emblazoned on a flag off to the right.…

Balls

For years the marketing experts of Major League Baseball (MLB, the owners' consortium) have been tinkering with the manufacturing specifications. For a while they assumed…

In The Beginning Was The Weed

The Washington state legislature has voted unanimously to ban the word marijuana from its legal code and replace it with the word cannabis.   As reported on the website…

The Blacklisting of Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges, a top-notch journalist who wrote for the New York Times from 1990 through 2005, was fired because of his outspoken opposition to the…

The Etymology of 420

Your correspondent got invited to an “Eve-of-420” bash on April 19, 2016, at a club in San Rafael started by the Phil Lesh of the…

Prolonged Grief Is Now An Illness

In a tremendous win for Big PhARMA, the American Psychiatric Association has added “Prolonged Grief Disorder” to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder…

Organizing Amazon — An Inside Job

The front-page headline was no April Fool’s Day prank: “Amazon Workers on Staten Island Vote to Unionize.” The Times would devote three days to the…

Anti-Soros

Soon after the mob occupied the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, the New Yorker published a lengthy, detailed piece by a reporter who had closely monitored…

Who Killed ‘Medical Marijuana’?

Despite the good-guy-vs.-bad-guy framework so common in fiction, in real life there can be two, three — many bad guys and nary a good guy…

Our Times: Fluoxetine Forever

Muckraking is an exercise in futility. The exposés get published, the authors may or may not get rewarded for their research and risk-taking, the evil-doers…

Ripped Van Winkle

Ripped Van Winkle strolling through the hills Known for herb the local pub distills Decided he would just step in and hoist a glass With some conscious members…

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